Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere Pope Francis has marked the first anniversary of his election in prayer and quiet contemplation of the meaning of Lent, far from the adoring crowds and controversies of Rome.
Andrew Hough An 11-year-old schoolboy flew from Britain to Europe without a passport, ticket or boarding pass.
FOR 2000 years the ancient and decomposing hulk lay buried in deep, muddy waters, off the Italian coast.
Paola Totaro in Rome Pope Benedict XVI has declared Australia's first saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
Nick Squires ROME: A Europe-wide backlash against Gypsies gathered pace as Rome began demolishing shanty settlements.
Twenty-six years without any serious snowfall in Rome was broken yesterday. The capital ground to a halt and tourists emerged in droves to observe the rare and beautiful occurrence.
Rajeev Syal, Richard Norton-taylor, Tom Kington, London Diplomatic row between Italy and Britain worsens after hostages killed in botched rescue.
PETRONELL-CARNUNTUM: Austrian scientists have unveiled the well-preserved ruins of a large Roman gladiator school in Austria. They described the find as a ''world sensation''.
Rome had an empty feeling on Wednesday with some 20 per cent of its somewhat superstitious residents failing to show up for work or going to school because of a prophecy predicting a devastating...
Chunks of mortar fall from a wall in Rome's Colosseum, sparking calls for urgent restoration.
Jean-louis De La Vaissiere ROME: More than 1 million people crammed into St Peter's Square and central Rome yesterday to watch Benedict Pope Benedict bestow the status of ''blessed'' on the late John Paul II.
VATICAN Pope Benedict will tomorrow preside over the biggest spectacle since his own inauguration in 2005: a beatification Mass that will move his adored predecessor one step closer to sainthood.
Thousands gather in Rome and around Australia for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop.
Police disarm an explosive package found at the Greek embassy in Rome.
Traditional Christmas cheer is replaced by tension in Rome where Italian authorities are investigating bomb explosions at two embassies.
ROME: The Italian capital is recovering from a night of violence that left 90 people injured and dozens arrested after the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, survived a no-confidence vote.
Protesters set cars alight and hurled cobblestones at police in chaotic scenes in central Rome after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a crucial confidence vote in parliament.
The Church of England is facing a potential exodus over liberal reforms and the issue of the ordination of women, writes Tim Ross.
Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a stand-off over the country's petroleum wealth.
Josephine McKenna Italy has called for a US gun manufacturer to withdraw an advertisement featuring Michelangelo's statue of David holding a bolt-action rifle.